Tea Cakes (Teacakes) For An Afternoon Treat

I love how the crystallised ginger offers up small pockets of intense flavour in these tea cakes. They are easy to make and will keep for a few days. However, after a day you will need to toast them which makes them better in my opinion.

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How quick are you to respond to messages? When it comes to emails I try to reply as soon as possible. This will only be on a work day, and in the morning. Unless the email is urgent and then I will reply via my iPad. The only person who sends me old-fashioned text messages is Dave. Most of his SMS’s do not require acknowledgement from me. They are usually letting me know that he is on his way home. The majority of my messages come in via WhatsApp. And I always reply straight away if I am awake. With so many people in my contact list that live in different time zones I am often asleep when the messages come in. WhatsApp is a great tool. One tick means the message has left my phone, and two ticks means it has arrived on the other persons phone.

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But here is where it gets interesting. WhatsApp lets you switch off the read receipts, those little blue ticks that let you know your message has been read. With that off, you can basically ignore a message for days on end. The App also has a setting where you can be nearly invisible. The last time you were online will not show if you turn off the feature. But, if you happen to be online when someone is sending you a message, they can see that. And it is amazing how often I get told sorry, I have not been on my phone for days when I have seen the person online. So I know my message has been seen and ignored. Every time I bake I send James a photograph to James. He did not ignore the one for tea cakes which he described as ‘interesting’.
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Tea Cakes
 
These are perfect when toasted and slathered with butter
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Ingredients
  • 500g bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 10g salt
  • 60g fructose
  • 5mls ground cinnamon
  • 10g instant yeast
  • 50g butter, softened and cubed
  • 230mls water, divided
  • Vegetable oil for kneading and coating your bowl
  • 100g dried currants
  • 100g crystallised ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg white, beaten, to glaze
Method
  1. Place the flour into a stand mixing bowl and add the salt, fructose and cinnamon on one side of the bowl
  2. Add the yeast to the other side and then add the butter and 180mls of the water
  3. Use your fingers to turn the mixture around, trying to pick up all of the flour from the sides of the bowl
  4. Add more water, 5mls at a time, if necessary
  5. When the dough forms, use it to clean the inside of the bowl and keep going until the bowl is clean
  6. Use a dough hook and knead using your stand mixer on a low speed for 10 minutes
  7. Turn out onto a lightly oiled surface and shape into a ball
  8. Lightly oil your bowl and place the dough, seam side down, into it
  9. Cover and leave to prove until doubled in size
  10. Place the currants and ginger on top of the dough and mix them in by hand for a minute
  11. Lightly flour your work surface and tip the dough out
  12. Knead lightly to incorporate the currants and ginger
  13. Divide the dough into 16 pieces and shape each piece into a ball
  14. Roll each piece out using a rolling pin until 1cm thick
  15. Place the tea cakes onto a lined baking sheet and glaze with the egg white
  16. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave to prove until doubled in size
  17. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  18. Reglaze the tea cakes and bake for 15 minutes
  19. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack

 

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Today is my dad’s birthday and we will be moored in Clamecy, France, when I talk to him.  Dave and I will be back at work on the 6th of May. I might not be able to read any blogs while we are away so please forgive my lack of visiting back. I will reply to comments when I can. You can follow our trip by taking a look at our holiday blog

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16 thoughts on “Tea Cakes (Teacakes) For An Afternoon Treat

  1. Just what I need today.. ginger will warm the blood.. It’s snowing outside and damn cold.. 😉

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    1. It was damn cold in Versailles on Saturday!

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  2. With the exception of the ginger and absent crosses, these are very similar to a Hot Cross Bun (which I made dozens for family and friends over Easter). I love fruit buns…..
    Like you I try to respond quickly to emails, but after a few weeks self imposed social media blackout – I am now way behind!

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    1. That is what happens to me when we travel.

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  3. Bits of ginger and currants make for a very tasty bun to have with a cup of tea.

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    1. I am ginger crazy at the moment 🙂

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  4. WhatsApp is my main communication tool for chatting with my kids back in the US. I Love it. Your tea cakes look like the perfect morning coffee sweet as well. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I also use it to chat to the kids. Great for when we are travelling.

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  5. These are such beautiful tea cakes, decadent with ginger and currants. Just delicious.

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    1. Thank you Merryn 🙂

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  6. Tandy, these look so good! This looks like a pastry my Mum and I enjoyed on a holiday – I will have to make these for her soon.

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    1. I hope she enjoys them.

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  7. I love this recipe, Tandy. I did not know that WhatsApp had those features – well, I never thought about it because I would never think of misleading my friends and family but doing those things. I think it is just strange. We are all different so each to their own.

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    1. I agree with you, but it has become the norm rather than the exception in my circle.

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  8. Your tea cakes look lovely, Tandy. Wish I could stop by for tea and conversation. I love WhatsApp as well, it is great for practical things and for keeping in touch. And I can send out the more personal photos that don’t make it into my blog or instagram.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Wish you could pop around as well 🙂

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